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Your Weekly Source for News and Events

Vol. 6/Issue 42

The Columbia


October 16, 2009


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An early snowfall led to this crash Wednesday, October 14th, near Fairmont. Nobody was hurt, but emergency workers were kept busy by accidents resulting from the hazardous road conditions. See Page 5.


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Stroke stopper Dr. Dana Tomalty, the son of Invermere residents Bob and Faye Tomalty and brother of David Tomalty of Warwick Interiors, was recently featured in Source Magazine, a publication of the Hunstville Hospital in Alabama and Hunstville Hospital Foundation for his breakthrough work in stroke prevention. Dr. Tomalty, a neurointerventional radiologist, is one of only a few North American

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Valley NEWS

Eleventh-hour bidding war results in new owner of Resort at Copper Point By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff According to the court-appointed receiver of the failed Resort at Copper Point, a last-minute bid arrived on the courthouse steps on Friday, October 9th­ – just as he prepared to recommend that the Supreme Court approve a purchase agreement negotiated a week earlier with the Rohit Group of Edmonton. The new offer spurred a bidding war that resulted in a new owner before the sun set in Vancouver. According to Larry Prentice – the Vancouver-based consultant with Ernst & Young charged with finding a new owner to finish the resort, after it was forced into receivership earlier this year due to cost overruns and the credit crunch – he had all but given up an exhaustive search for a buyer and was prepared to “mothball” the project until the economy improved. Then the Rohit Group emerged with an acceptable offer: $13 million, the low end of the appraisal range. The high end was $17 million. The Rohit Group, winners of regional and national awards, is a real estate and development company operating in Edmonton, Fort McMurray and the Okanagan. Rohit Communities General Manager,

Rohit Gupta, said he expected the court’s approval last Friday and had already made plans to move to the valley this week to hit the ground running. “The deal has fallen apart for us right now,” he said. According to Mr. Prentice, a newly-formed company called Brahma Copper Point, Inc., won the day. “Somebody came along with a higher bid,” he said. “The Rohit Group had an opportunity to respond, but without getting into the blow-by-blow, at the end of the day, the highest bid prevailed.” Unable to disclose full details of the transaction, Mr. Prentice hinted that the new owner group was a partnership of construction companies with intimate knowledge of the project. Curtis Colwill, Director of Investor Relations for Brahma Capital Corporation, confirmed that his firm is a member of the ownership group. “We are very excited,” he said. “Currently we are finalizing last details, so it would be premature to speak at this time.” According his firm’s website, Brahma Capital Corporation was founded in 2009 in Cochrane, Alberta, and is closely associated with development partner H&H Norwest Ltd. Mr. Prentice and court documents confirmed that

H&H Norwest and H&H Foundations were involved in the construction of the resort and were lien-holders against the resort, with outstanding invoices totalling in the millions of dollars. Neither Mr. Colwell nor Mr. Prentice would disclose the final purchase price. Mr. Prentice noted that it was more than the $13 million offered by the Rohit Group. Debts against the resort totalled about $50 million, with total expenditures including shareholder investments topping $64 million. The Royal Bank of Canada, he said, will get all proceeds from the sales, and creditors will get nothing. Agreements with 190 pre-sale purchasers of condominium units or unit shares have been extended through the end of the year, Mr. Prentice explained, but it hasn’t been determined yet whether the new owners will honour the agreements or refund the money which is being held in trust. According to Mr. Prentice, the sale has been approved by the court. The buyer has until November 30th to perform due diligence, when a second deposit is required with a scheduled closing date of December 15th. However, he said the new owners have the option of advancing the schedule.

Mayor seeks to kill tax break for booze vendors By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft, the owner of an unlicensed establishment, is campaigning to kill a tax break on liquor served in licensed establishments and have the money directed toward social services like policing. Last week, Mayor Taft announced to the regional district board and Invermere council he is preparing a report illustrating how the Liberal provincial government’s proposed Harmonized Sales Tax effectively lowers taxes charged for liquor served in

licensed establishments. “Currently there is a Social Service Tax, which is a form of the provincial sales tax,” he explained. “It’s currently charged at 10 percent.” Combined with the five-percent GST, he said, the current tax on liquor is 15 percent. “Through the proposed HST,” he said, “the new tax on almost everything will be seven plus five. So, it will be 12 percent. This effectively decreases the tax on liquor served in licensed establishments.” According to Mayor Taft, the Liquor Distribution Branch of the provincial government, which runs government liquor stores, has already

announced the prices on the shelves of the liquor stores are going to stay the same, even though the tax is going to be less. “And that, in my opinion, is exactly what is going to happen in every restaurant and bar across the province,” he said. According to Mayor Taft, it isn’t fair to tax property owners to make up for budget cuts in police funding when liquor sales have a demonstrable social cost. He hopes his colleagues at the regional district board and Invermere council will agree and back a resolution aimed at provincial decision makers.

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age Road and located and met a female who advised that she and her boyfriend were in a heated argument. The boyfriend had already departed the area before police arrived. No injuries were reported. • October 11th: At 8:10 a.m., RCMP received a complaint of a theft from a vehicle in the 5000 block of Riverview Road, Fairmont. A wallet was stolen but found nearby, minus the money. • October 11th: At 11:18 a.m., RCMP responded to a complain of a break-and-enter at the 700 block of Black Forest Trail. A condo was broken into, but at the time nothing was reported missing. • October 12th: At 11:57 p.m., RCMP responded to a domestic assault call at the 4000 block of St. Mary’s Street in Radium. As a result of the investigation, a 34-year-old male from Radium was charged with assault and the investigation is continuing.

Paramedics still on the job, with no contract in sight By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Despite being offered a settlement by the provincial government, paramedics across the province – including the 18 part-time and one full-time personnel in Invermere – are still in limbo. The British Columbia Ambulance Service and Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 873 – the union that represents paramedics – entered into discussion on September 22nd, in the presence of Labour Relations Board mediator Mark Atkinson, to try to put an end to the controlled strike, which has lasted for nearly six months. But so far, the talks have been unsuccessful in relieving the strike.

The current offer from the British Columbia Ambulance Service includes a one-year contract extending from April 1st, 2009 to March 31st, 2010 , with a general wage increase of three percent retroactive to April 1st, 2009. It also includes a labour market adjustment of 1.2 percent generated from changes to the contract; and changes to the wording of the collective agreement. John Strohmaier, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 873 – the union that represents paramedics – said he will present the offer to its 3,500 members for a vote. He also said that the executive and bargaining committee will not be recommending acceptance, call-

ing the offer “repugnant.” In contrast, the union would like to see a 17.5-month contract from April 1st, 2009 to September 15th, 2010 with a general wage increase of three percent retroactive to April 1st, 2009; plus a labour market adjustment of 1.2 percent with funds generated from new money from the government and a one-time signing bonus. They also disagreed with the collective agreement language changes. According to Peter Hecher, the only full-time paramedic based in Invermere, he has yet to hear from the union regarding the vote, even though the offer was brought to the table on October 1st, more than two weeks ago.

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Emergency response workers were run off their feet Wednesday morning as an early morning snowstorm caused mass confusion on the roads. RCMP, paramedics and firefighters responded to two separate accidents, one of which caused the Two trucks hit the ditch beside Toby Creek Road. closure of Highway 93 Photo by Dave Sutherland south of Fairmont Hot truck travelling towards Panorama had Springs for about four stopped to put chains on his vehicle, hours. According to members of the when he was struck by another vehicle. The driver of the cement truck was Fairmont Volunteer Fire Department, they responded to a motor vehicle acci- transported by ambulance to Invermere dent near the hoodoos about 8:30 a.m. and District Hospital. The extent of his A semi-trailer travelling northbound injuries is unknown. Traffic travelling both ways was lost control as it was coming around the corner and jackknifed, blocking both stopped for just over an hour while reslanes. Unable to stop, a one-tonne truck cue workers responded. That incident travelling behind the semi-trailer ran caused more chaos as several drivers hit the ditch while attempting to stop for into it. The driver, Jordan Gertner of Canal the accident. Columbia Valley RCMP Staff SerFlats, escaped without injuries – as did geant Marko Shehovac is urging motorthe driver of the semi-trailer. The second accident occurred just ists to drive carefully, now that the first after 9 a.m. on Peter’s Hill, just outside flakes have fallen. “Normal common sense in this weather is to be driving acInvermere on the road to Panorama. According to Invermere Fire Chief cording to the conditions of the road,” Roger Ekman, the driver of a cement he said.

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Historical Lens

The time to buy is now By Brian Geis Pioneer Publisher

If you wait until spring to buy property in the Columbia Valley, you will have missed a golden opportunity: the chance to buy after a correction in the market while interest rates are still low. Two recent cracks in the dyke that has been damming up the flow of real estate sales in the Columbia Valley, coupled with a stock market steadily marching back to pre-recession levels, foresee a shiny future on the other end of winter. Last week, developers of the Lake Windermere Pointe condominium complex conducted an auction that uncovered more than 700 interested buyers and resulted in the sale of almost all of the 40 units it offered for sale. The units sold at prices that seem a little closer to what they are worth today, instead of the inflated prices people were charging before the boom. This week, news surfaced of a bidding war, at long last, for the failed Resort at Copper Point. One of the many developments that collapsed during the credit crunch, even the receiver lost hope in finding a buyer to finish the development. Combined with a soaring stock market, these recent events indicate renewed confidence among consumers and hint at a stronger recovery in the spring. If you have the cash and have been waiting for the bottom to buy your piece of mountain paradise, don’t wait until spring or, worse, next summer. I wouldn’t be surprised if lending loosens and interest rates begin to rise in the spring. If it does, it will spur competition in the market and prices will begin to rise again. By summer time, it will be too late and you will have missed your golden opportunity. The real estate community will then breathe a sigh of relief as the Great Recession fades in the rear-view mirror.

Young readers at the old library Leslie Wynder, former librarian at the Invermere Public Library – when it was located on the second floor of the Invermere Community Hall – is pictured here on September 14, 1972, with library patrons Marianne Lechuk and Kirk Mauthner. Mrs. Wynder was librarian for

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No hunter shot that deer Dear Editor: The Lake Windermere and District Rod & Gun Club feels that there should be a correction on the article of the mule deer with an arrow in its butt. Obviously this is a three-by-two point mule deer buck and probably lives within the boundaries of Invermere, and either of these would make it illegal to be hunted. Therefore, the correct statement would be to say it was a poacher’s arrow or a very unethical youth with a bow. Poachers are not hunters, the same as shoplifters are not customers! From looking at the arrow it is, or very closely resembles, the youth arrows

that were selling cheap last year and were for under forty-pound bows. This leads us to believe it could have been an inexperienced youth with no knowledge of hunting. Our club offers archery coaching and teaches safe and correct archery with certified coaches and would like to see this person, if it was a youth, come clean and admit to having made a mistake and come out and get some proper archery training. Maybe a couple of days of community work would be a good punishment. Norman Hendricks, President Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club

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Local transit system tribute to hard work Dear Editor: It would appear that Norm Macdonald has toed the party line again of Carol James, leader of the NDP in B.C. James decided to play partisan politics in slamming the efforts of so many working people to make transit a reality in the B.C. interior. It would appear that Macdonald, in his interest in partisan politics, has forgotten the transit systems in his own home town of Golden and the new and improving transit system in the Radium-Invermere-Canal Flats areas of the East Kootenay. He has also forgotten the long-operating systems in the Cranbrook area as well as the West Kootenay. Convenient, is it not? Many people in all of these areas have been working long and hard for over 1.5 years in the Radium/Invermere

areas to bring transit to this area. B.C. Liberals, NDP folks, independent (politically), city and village councillors and ordinary citizens have put a lot of time and effort into helping make a transit system work for our areas. This is a great example of people working together to help many other communities. This seems to be something that is completely outside of Norm’s political agenda. We are all trying to make things work through our different venues for everyone. Norm’s need to denigrate the efforts of these people in their efforts to help others, through partisan self-serving politics, is a very disappointing use of the political system. David R. Pacey, Radium President, B.C. Liberals Columbia River-Revelstoke

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Corrections • In an article titled, “Protect your second home throughout winter,” we mistakenly listed Digital Homes as a seller of home security systems. Digital Homes provides home entertainment system, lighting/temperature control and remote access to home systems, but is not a licensed security system provider. • Last week’s Page 6 editorial,

“Thanks for the farmers,” was mistakenly attributed to Brian Geis, Pioneer Editor. It should have been attributed to Elinor Florence, Pioneer Publisher, whose father was a farmer. The editor’s father was a staff accountant at a Ford motor parts factory, so he would have written the article, “Thanks for the accountants.”

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Kicking Horse Ford moves to crossroads By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Invermere’s only car dealership has moved to a new, larger and more prominent location. Kicking Horse Ford, previously located on 7th Avenue next to Lake Auto Service, has packed up shop and moved to a new location at the top of the Athalmer hill, across from Eagle Ranch. “This new location gives us way more room so we will be able to stock a much bigger selection of both new and used vehicles, provide better parking and easier access for our customers,” said Dan Maisonneuve, owner of Kicking Horse Ford. “It’s better exposure having our vehicles right next to a busy highway, as well.” Kicking Horse Ford first moved to Invermere in November 2007, following the closure of the dealership portion of Lake Auto earlier that year.

Kicking Horse stocked about 20 vehicles in their yard on 7th Avenue, and also accessed vehicles from their partner Ford dealership in Golden. The new lot will house between 30 and 40 quality new and used vehicles of all makes and models. Customers will notice an increase in the number of new Ford products in the lot, and showcasing those vehicles is Invermere’s own Floyd Verge. “We’ve had a very positive response, and I think it also shows we are committed to the area,” Mr. Maisonneuve said. “Having hired Floyd Verge was a very positive move as he is already well-known in the area for his tireless work with his Verge for Youth Foundation, as well as all his other community work. People know and trust him!” Mr. Maisonneuve said the dealership will expand as business dictates, with more employees and inventory, and may look at opening a full-service facility down the road.

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New helmet rule takes effect at Panorama Mountain Resort By Cayla Gabruck Pioneer Staff Children and teens registering in ski and snowboard programs at Panorama Mountain Resort are now required to wear a helmet. The Vancouver-based company Intrawest owns both Panorama and Whistler in B.C., as well as Mont Tremblant in Quebec and several American resorts. The company is making the change in response to the death of actress Natasha Richardson, who died of a head injury in March after falling on a beginner slope at Mont Tremblant. “Intrawest has led the industry in terms of guest and employee safety,” said Marke Dickson, marketing manager at Panorama Mountain Resort. “This is just another example of us trying to move the dial and make the experience better for both groups.” Mandatory helmets for children and teens is just one of the guidelines that Intrawest plans to implement over a 24-month period. It will also strongly recommend that all skiers and snowboarders don protective headgear while using the mountain. According to Mr. Dickson, the response from both guests at the resort and employees has been positive. “You see road-bikers wearing helmets, and in that case, they recognize that it’s a necessary thing,” he said. “You can directly relate the speed of biking with skiing. People are making those parallels and starting to see that it just makes sense to wear a helmet.” The change is significant for Panorama. Previously, parents who registered their children in ski and snowboard programs had the option to sign an optout clause, allowing their children to participate without a helmet. That clause no longer exists. “If you want your youngster in a ski school pro-

gram, they will have to use a helmet – no helmet, no participation, and it’s as simple as that,” he said. Kids won’t be the only ones wearing helmets. Starting next season, staff at Panorama Mountain Village will also be required to wear protective headgear. Eric Lang, co-owner of Syndicate Boardshop in Invermere, said he thinks that the policy is a positive step. “It’s a high-speed sport, so you should be wearing a helmet regardless of who you are – with speed comes danger,” he said. He said the store already sells “tons and tons” of helmets. “Pretty much every kid on the hill is wearing a helmet already.” Although in favour of the new helmet policy, Helmut Spiegl, coach of the Windermere Valley Ski Club, said requiring skiers to wear helmets may make the sport more dangerous. “In one way it encourages more reckless skiing because you feel more protected; but on the other hand, I think it is very necessary safety equipment,” he said. He said most people will not be opposed to purchasing a helmet, as the practice has become a norm in the last several years. “I think it’s become customary for children to wear a helmet,” Mr. Spiegl said. “Parents have become very health-and-safety conscious and won’t put their children on skis without a helmet.” A mandatory helmet policy is old news for staff at Fairmont Hot Springs. According to Fairmont ski hill manager Peter Harding, children under the age of 14 and those enrolled in ski and snowboard programs have been required to wear helmets for nearly five years. “This subject has been surfacing in the ski industry for a number of years,” he said. “It could be a bylaw sooner than we think.”

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October 16, 2009

Regional district moves forward on water issues in Timber Ridge, Edgewater By Brian Geis Pioneer Staff

Timber Ridge owners to be petitioned

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One Week (Canada)

Fri. Oct 23 - 7 pm What would you do? A cross-Canada motorcycle road trip that packs an emotional punch.

Easy Virtue (UK)

Sat. Oct 24 - 7 pm ...clever and hilarious as it is artfully crafted. An elegant and entertaining Noel Coward period piece.

Finn on the Fly (Canada)

Sun. Oct 25 - 3 pm Madcap comedy about a ‘boy’s best friend’. Transformed into a human - he’s really still a dog at heart.

Tickets at the Door

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The regional district board of directors voted on October 9th to petition homeowners in Timber Ridge for support of a plan to hook into Windermere Water and Sewer Company and purchase bulk treated water and implement water meters on all connections. According to regional district Engineering Services Manager Brian Funke, the estimated cost of the project is $1.9 million, which will be offset by a $500,000 grant from the Building Canada Fund and the Community Works Fund. The scenario leaves about $1.4 million to be funded by the Timber Ridge Water Service Area. Based on preliminary calculations, he said, this equates to a parcel tax of about $450 over 15 years or an up-front payment of approximately $3,800 per connection. Ongoing user fees, he said, are estimated at $70 per month. A date for the petition has not been set, but it must meet the following conditions: (a) it must be signed by the owners of at least 50 percent of the parcels of land liable to be charged for the proposed service (does not include mobile homes

on rented land or pads); and (b) the total value of the parcels for which signatures have been obtained must represent at least 50 percent of the net taxable value of all land and improvements within the Service Area. According to Mr. Funke, The Timber Ridge Utility Advisory Commission supports the plan and recommends moving forward with the petition.

Edgewater to get water meters A water metering program will be implemented in Edgewater next year. The regional district board said an open house will be scheduled in the near future to discuss the program with the community. The cost of implementing universal water metering in Edgewater is included in the current budget, with a 50-percent contribution from the Community Works Fund. The regional district currently uses Neptune meters in the Holland Creek and Rushmere water systems, and staff say they are satisfied with the product and vendor support. Regional staff have met with the Neptune Technology group to obtain a cost and develop a process for universal water meter implementation. This process will include information mail-outs and letters to the community.


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What’s Happening in the Columbia Valley

Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS MOVIE REVIEW




CINEFEST RETURNS Enjoy a weekend of three great movies at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, October 23rd to 25th. In the post-World War One period piece Easy Virtue, Jessica Biel plays a glamorous American widow who meets and marries an upper-class Englishman, played by Ben Barnes. For more, see Page 16.

Out & About Your Weekly Guide to What’s Happening Around the Columbia Valley Page 15

Cinefest @ Pynelogs

Cinefest @ Pynelogs Film Festival Weekend October 23-25. Friday 7 pm - One Week - What would you do? A cross-Canada motorcycle road trip that packs an emotional punch.

Saturday 7 pm - Easy Virtue - ...clever and hilarious as it is artfully crafted. An elegant

What does ART mean to you?

and entertaining Noel Coward period piece.

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Tickets at the door. Call for more information 250-342-4423.

Visit for our current events calendar, or call 250-342-4423.

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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS

Review: Drag Me to Hell

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Reviewed by Dave Sutherland Drag Me To Hell is great fun for scary-movie fans. Directed by Sam Raimi, it’s slightly cheesy and miles away in both theme and tone from the Spiderman films for which he has become so well-known. Instead, it hearkens back to Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy. Like those films, Drag Me To Hell is witty, a little campy, and depends more on shock and surprise than gore to scare and entertain. Don’t get me wrong, there is a little gore, but it’s so over the top that you might want to laugh out loud as you find yourself cringing. Alison Lohman is credible as Christine Brown, a meek-as-a-mouse loans officer who gradually learns to be tough after she is cursed by a gypsy hag.

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Her ineffectual boyfriend Clay is played by Justin Long, the I’m-a-Mac guy from the Apple commercials. Lorna Raver gives her all as Mrs. Ganush, the furious gypsy grandmother who condemns Christine to three days of unremitting torment, when her loan extension is denied. If you are tired of all the torture-porn and gorefests that have been served up by horror-flick directors of late, Drag Me To Hell could spell a welcome relief for you. It’s fast-paced and filled with plenty of scares. Just be careful you don’t spill your popcorn while watching it, and look out for that neat twist ending!



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Music • visual arts • dining • Bar Scene • entertainment • performance ARTS

Out & About Please call 250-341-6299 or Email us at to enter your event in our FREE listings.

• 7 p.m.: Information evening about the new Special Olympics team in Invermere, which is looking for volunteers to coach, raise funds, coordinate volunteers and more. It will be held at the Lions Hall, Invermere crossroads. For info: Leslie Thornley, Regional Field Manager, Kelowna, at 250-317-1272 or Lthornley@

Wednesday, October 21st: • Ski Fit classes start at Valley Fitness Centre, every Wednesday for six weeks. $30 for club members, $120 for non-members. Cost includes two-month membership. Sign up at the front desk.

Toby Theatre, Invermere: • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-17: 500 Days of Summer • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21-24: Love Happens • Theatre closed October 25th-December 28th.

Friday, October 23rd:

Friday, October 16th: • October 16th-17th: Link to Rink Tournament with Invermere District Curling Club. Two curling games and one nine-hole game of golf and dinner at Windermere Valley Golf Course. $50 per person. For info: 250-342-3315. • October 16th-17th: Closet Frenzy, an upscale women’s fashion resale event at Lions Hall, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For info: 250-342-2270. • 7 p.m.: Tennis Club Invermere, Annual General Meeting, Angus McToogle’s. For info: Andrea Meadus, 250-342-9082. • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Creston, Eddie Mountain Arena.

Saturday, October 17th: • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Pick up your pre-ordered homemade pies for a cost of $12 each at the Royal Canadian Legion, Invermere. Order apple, rhubarb or pumpkin pies by October 16th by calling Louise at 250-342-6044.

Sunday, October 18th: • Dara’s Dolphins begin their new swim program this week at Fairmont Hot Springs Pools. All water safety and first aid services are available. Visit www. or call Dara Allen at 250-3477734 for more info.

Tuesday, October 20th:

• 6:30 p.m.: Fall Supper, sponsored by Canadian Martyrs Parish, at Invermere Community Hall. Adults $15, children under 12 $6, children under 4 are free. Tickets at Columbia Valley Trading Company, Fairmont Goldsmith, Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere and St. Joseph’s in Radium. • October 23rd-25th: Gratitude and Abundance weekend workshop by MK Facilitations at Radium. $395, specials available. For info: 250-347-2110. • 7 p.m.: The movie One Week kicks off the weekend Cinefest Film Festival at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Tickets are available at the door – three-film package is $25; single tickets are $10; children 13 and under $5. Seating is limited, so get there early.

Saturday, October 24th:

• Junior Curling starts at 3:30 p.m. for 10 and under; 4:30 p.m. for 11 and older. Come 15 minutes early to register. Six sessions, $20. For info: chriskeshen@

Thursday, October 29th: • 10 a.m. to noon: Flu shots for those 65 and older, Edgewater Legion.

Friday, October 30th: • 4-8 p.m. October 30th and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October 31st: Mini tradeshow at the Radium Hall, 20 businesses under one roof. • 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Halloween Dance at the Edgewater Hall. Prizes for best costume: male, female and couple. Drinks, snacks, music and a howlin’ good time! Presented by the Edgewater Recreation Society, $10/ticket. Advance tickets at Pip’s Store, society board members or at the door. For info: Tammy 250347-9324 or Mimi 250-347-9868.

Saturday, October 31st: • Headbangers, an information session about Bighorn Sheep in Radium Hot Springs. Cost $29 plus GST. Book now at 1-888-347-9331. Four dates scheduled: October 31st, November 1st, 7th and 8th.

Saturday, November 7th:

• 6:30 p.m.: The Valley Go Go Sisters host a fundraising dinner at Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. Cost $25 for home-cooked African meal in aid of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which helps grandmothers in Africa. Guest speaker Ilona Hale. Tickets at OneHour Photo. For info: 250-342-6488. • 7 p.m.: The movie Easy Virtue shows, part of Cinefest Film Festival at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Single tickets are $10; children 13 and under $5.

• Ski Swap, Invermere Community Hall. Drop off used ski equipment and clothing 9-11:30 a.m., sale noon to 3 p.m. Concession available. Family lasagna dinner, 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Windermere Valley Ski Club. For info: 250-342-8904. • 6:30 p.m.: 8th Annual East Kootenay Wine Festival at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Tickets on sale now for $35. For info: 250-345-6000. • 7:30 p.m.: Rockies Hockey team plays Fernie, Eddie Mountain Arena.

Sunday, October 25th:

Thursday, November 11th:

• 3 p.m.: The movie Finn on the Fly shows, part of the Cinefest Film Festival at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Single tickets are $10; children 13 and under $5.

Tuesday, October 27th:

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Flu shots for those 65 and older, Invermere Community Hall.

Wednesday, October 28th:

• 8 p.m.: Funnyfest, a stand-up comedy night at Bud’s Bar & Lounge. Tickets $10 at the door.

• Remembrance Day holiday. Special events to be announced.

Friday, November 12th: • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Flu shots for those 65 and older, Canal Flats Civic Centre.


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Cinefest opens with three great flicks Submitted by Cathy Howard Columbia Valley Arts “The best part of being on the committee is having the opportunity to select the films for Cinefest,” said Cathy Howard, Cinefest co-ordinator. “We review hundreds of synopses to select films that will appeal to our audience and that are typically not widely distributed and may not appear in the mainstream multiplex movie houses. We hope viewers will agree that we have met these criteria for the Cinefest three-film weekend festival October 23rd to 25th,” she said. One Week tells the story of Ben Tyler, who has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness. What should he do? What would you do? For Ben, engaged to the beautiful Samantha, the only answer that makes sense is to see as much of Canada as he can. Along his motorcycle journey, he visits many of the “world’s biggest” attractions dotted along Canada’s highways, including the Big Nickel, a giant teepee, and a big Muskoka chair. The dizzying freedom of the road helps him search within himself for sources of meaning. Filmed in and around Banff, One Week combines the best of the odyssey film with an intensely personal

account of how the threat of mortality can reawaken one to the joys and bittersweet experiences of life. One Week screens on Friday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. On Saturday, October 24th, Easy Virtue is the feature. Based on a play by Noel Coward, and starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth, Easy Virtue offers all the delights of a wicked, high-toned romantic comedy. Larita is a Jazz Age race car driver who impulsively ties the knot with young Englishman John Whittaker in Monte Carlo. She travels to England to meet her groom’s privileged and batty family. Naturally, they hate her. John’s sisters do their best to sabotage the newlyweds and banish their brother’s shocking new wife. Only in the family’s patriarch, Mr. Whittaker, does the young bride find acceptance, and the two develop a bond founded on mutual appreciation for motorbikes and flouting social etiquette. Crafty direction, snappy dialogue and a delightful cast take this comedy of manners far beyond the confines of the typical romantic comedy. What results is a film that is as clever and hilarious as it is artfully crafted. With special appeal for families, Finn on the Fly is Cinefest’s matinee showing at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 25th. This film is a gently-rendered madcap

comedy about friendship, loyalty and the virtues of being true to oneself. Ben is having a hard time making new friends. Treated like an outcast by the kids at his new school, Ben realizes his only companion in the world is the whip-smart dog, Finn. Unbeknownst to Ben, however, “boy’s best friend” is about to take on a whole new meaning. When Finn stumbles upon a neighbour’s secret science lab, he accidentally sticks his nose where it doesn’t belong. Overnight, Finn is transformed into a human – but he’s really still a dog at heart. All films are shown at Pynelogs Cultural Centre. One Week shows Friday, October 23rd at 7 p.m.; Easy Virtue shows Saturday, October 24th at 7 p.m., and Finn on the Fly shows Sunday, October 25th at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the door: a three-film package is $25; single tickets are $10; children 13 and under $5. Seating is limited, so get there early. “There was lots of lively discussion when we met to select the films to kick off the 2009/10 Cinefest season,” said Cathy. “We hope that by selecting two Canadian films, two comedies, a period piece, big stars, and newcomers, Cinefest’s opening weekend will appeal to a broad audience.”


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Dine with artist Alex Fong at Eagle Ranch Submitted by Deanna Berrington Artym Gallery Join the Artym Gallery and artist Alex Fong on Friday, October 23rd at Eagle Ranch Restaurant for “A la carte with Alex Fong.” Alex will be doing a painting demonstration with an exhibition of his works – this promises to be a very different and really enjoyable kick-off to a great show. The exhibition will continue at the Artym Gallery on Saturday, October 24th with Alex in attendance from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alex Fong is best known for his vibrant, whimsical and exciting watercolour paintings. Every exhibition of his work at the Artym is fresh and a lot of fun. This is not the first time that Alex has combined his art with food culture – he has been featured in several television cooking shows broadcast on the Okanagan, Seattle and Vancouver stations. Alex has also created several wine labels for B.C. wineries (Quail’s Gate and Grey Monk) and is a self-professed ‘foodie’ (“I watch the Food Network all

Love is Blind, one of Fong’s whimsical watercolours, is on display at Artym Gallery. the time,” he confesses). “People having a fantastic dinner while I do a painting demonstration is exactly how I want people to be thinking – enjoying dinner and wine from

an arts perspective,” says Alex, about how he likes to join fine dining with fine arts for a larger cultural experience. “The good things in life should be enjoyed together – I love the idea of food,

wine and art. I’m not sure if I coined that phrase, but it has sort of become my mantra.” This exhibition opening has all the earmarks of a great evening – the artist not only in attendance but painting as well (interspersed with some consumption wine and food, undoubtedly), with a wonderful dinner at Eagle Ranch restaurant. All of their dining rooms have been set aside for this evening, and the menu will feature items from both the fine dining and patio menus. And to tie it all up, a wonderful exhibit of new and exciting works of original paintings by this recognizable and accomplished artist. Take this unique opportunity to meet Alex Fong in a personal and friendly forum – enjoy a great dinner while experiencing great art, a stunning view, and a whole lot of fun. For dining reservations, call Eagle Ranch Restaurant at 250-342-6560 or 877-877-3889. You can see Alex Fong’s paintings at the Artym Gallery and on their website:

A la carte with Alex Fong Hosted at Eagle Ranch Restaurant, Friday Evening October 23rd Join Alex and the Artym Gallery for an evening exhibition and painting demonstration while dining at Invermere’s most scenic restaurant. Reservations ph 877-877-3889 or 250-342-6560

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CVCC’s Turn Copper into Gold Golf Tournament (In Partnership with Copper Point Golf Course) The Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of our 2009 Turn Copper into Gold Golf Tournament. Without ALL of you, we would not be the success that we are today - your tremendous support allowed us to raise over $35,000 this year – all monies raised go to offset the operating costs of the Chamber and Visitor Centre - THANK-YOU!! We want to acknowledge all those who took part in our tournament – they are as follows: Hole and Hole in One Sponsors: • AG Valley Foods • Best Western Invermere Inn • Certain Teed Gypsum Canada, Windermere Mining Operations • Cranbrook Pest Control • East Kootenay Realty Ltd., Insurance Division • Essentials Department Store Inc.

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Invermere Hardware & Building Supplies Co. Ltd. Kootenay Group Insurance Planners (Walter Pearce ,CFP, REBC, GBA) Meridian Mortgage Solutions Inc. Monkey’s Uncle Toy & Gift Store Company Palliser Printing Panorama Mountain Village

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Paul and Sean Roggeman (Royal LePage Rockies West Realty) Pepsi/Copper Point Golf Club Point Development Inc. Stoneset Equities Ltd. (Vista del Lago) Stuart Tutty Financial Services Ltd. Superior Propane Smith Green Andruschuk LLP

Thank You Copper Point Golf Club Management and Staff for providing the venue and support through your partnership in this event Major Prize Sponsors: 1st Prize ScotiaBank, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Mountain Eagle Cedar Company 2nd prize Eagle Ranch Golf Resort Greywolf Golf Course 3rd prize Most Honest: Springbrook RV Resort

Auctioneer: Don Deputan Volunteers: Don Miller, Columbia Valley Rockies Feeder Stations: All dollars raised from these Restaurants (including their product costs) were donated to the CVCC:

Fubuki Sushi Portabella Restaurant Hoodoo Grill Ray Ray’s Beach Pub The Valley Echo for their generous donation of $1000 towards the Dinner

The following Members who generously donated auction items: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

A&W Restaurant Aquair Water Company Ltd. BMO Barney’s Appliance Service Bighorn Meadows Resort Bliss Esthetics Columbia Valley Pioneer Copper Point Golf Club Fairmont Mountainside Villa Management Firlands Ranch Fusion Wellness Spa HSBC Canada Invermere Electric

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Inside Edge Sports Store Interior World Ken Roome Kool Kountry Towing and Rads Ltd. Kootenay Savings Credit Union Lambert Kipp Pharmacy Majestic U-Brew & Wine Moondance Technology Nature’s Floors Palliser Printing Panorama Mountain Village Quality Bakery Red Eye Rentals River Gems Jewellery

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A very special THANK-YOU to all of our Golfers This tournament would not be the tremendous success that it is without you!!!

Copper turned to gold

at chamber’s annual golf tournament Submitted by Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce The Seventh Annual Turn Copper into Gold Golf Tournament was another successful event for the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Copper Point Golf Club. One hundred and twenty-eight golfers came out to enjoy a day of fun and networking, even though the weather was a bit “breezy.” Given the choice between wind or rain, it was unanimously agreed that the wind would be the most accepted element. Rob LaRush of Perfect Turf had his boom room (inflatable driving range) set up for everyone to practice their drives; and four feeder stations were provided by Fubuki Sushi, Hoodoo Grill, Portabella, and Ray Ray’s Beach Pub. The putting green contest was manned by Don Miller, who always volunteers for this feature. Three of the Columbia Valley Rockies – Scott Leslie, Chris Johnson, and Taylor Pryde – volunteered their time to assist with spotting for the hole-in-ones, and other areas. This year a hole-in-one was sponsored by Point Development Inc. A standard closest-to-the pin contest was held and the top six golfers (three ladies, three gents) went to the 18th hole to shoot for a hole-in-one. The prize was a fully-serviced development lot in Copper Point Estates on The Ridge Golf Course, with an estimated value of $250,000. Unfortunately, none of the six were able to claim the prize. A new twist to the tournament was the first-place team’s “wearing of the jacket.” Like the master’s green jackets, the Turn Copper into Gold Golf Tournament has gold-coloured jackets. Sheila Tutty spent many hours transforming four dark-coloured suit jackets into shining gold-coloured jackets.

This is the seventh year of a 10-year commitment between the Chamber and Copper Point Golf Club, and the Chamber is grateful for the support of all of the sponsors, the businesses who provided auction items, Don Deputan for being the auctioneer, and all the volunteers! (Look for a complete list of sponsors and volunteers on this page.) The following lists the sponsors who generously provided the funds and/or items for our major prizes, and the winners in each category: • First Place, sponsored by ScotiaBank, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, and Mountain Eagle Cedar Company: Rob Morrison, John Shaw, Howard McLean and Tim Lindsey. • Second Place, sponsored by Eagle Ranch Golf Resort: Scott Morgan, Gavin Moran, Chad Thomlinson and Natalie Percival. • Third Place, sponsored by Greywolf Golf Course: Rod Conklin, David Hauk, Douglas Hodgins and Wayne Schneider. • Most Honest, sponsored by Springbrook RV Resort: Jessica Bailey, Wendy Gleave, Lisa Zwiser and Carol Hoar. • Men’s Longest Putt, sponsored by A&W, BMO & Triple S Computers: Cam Oliver. • Men’s Second Longest Putt, sponsored by Stuart Tutty Financial Services & Triple S Computers: Paul Roggeman • Ladies’ Longest Putt, sponsored by Valley’s Edge Resort, A&W, & Triple S Computers: Alice Stetsko • Ladies’ Second Longest Putt, sponsored by A&W, Valley’s Edge Resort, Triple S Computers: Janice McGregor • Closest to the Pin (Special Holein-One Participants): Judy Wolodku, Chad Thomlinson, Jacqueline Moller, Vic Brier, Richard Pearce and Jan Maslaniec.

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October 16, 2009

Heritage building society barbecue For your whole life

65 and Older Seasonal Flu Clinic

David Wilson, owner of Nature’s Floors at Parkside Place, took time to flip a few smokies last Saturday to raise money for the Columbia Valley Heritage Building Society. The society is raising funds for moving and restoring the old CPR lodge, which Invermere council recently voted to move to another location on Fort Point, beside the tennis courts. More than 50 people stopped by the barbecue, which raised just over $200 for the project.

Invermere Community Hall Tuesday, October 20th +65 ONLY 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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What to do when a loved one dies All of us have either lost a loved one, or will unfortunately lose a loved one at some point. This can be a very unsettling time, and to make matters more complicated, there is a lot of work that has to be done as well. Even if you are not a loved one’s executor, you will probably have to assist in tidying up the affairs of the deceased. While this is never a pleasant job, some simple steps can make the process a little smoother and easier for everyone involved.

who they have appointed as their executor. If you don’t know where your loved one’s wills are kept and you think that you will be an integral part of their estate then you should ask before they pass away.

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Insurance policies

Funeral arrangements

Another important step in winding down a loved one’s affairs is to identify all their bank accounts. If they held a bank account jointly with a surviving family member, the surviving family member will be able to give the bank instructions on what to do with the accounts. Banks are very experienced in dealing with these situations and they will be very helpful in assisting the orderly wind-up of bank accounts. In addition to bank accounts, any credit cards will also need to be located and the companies contacted for their immediate closure.

The will

When loved ones pass away with investment accounts, there will generally be a deemed disposition of all Registered Retirement Savings Plans, Registered Retirement Income Funds, Tax-Free Savings Accounts and non-registered accounts in the eyes of Revenue Canada. These accounts will need to be identified and the firms that they are held at will need to be contacted. It is pretty standard that they will need an original or notarized copy of the death certificate and written

If you haven’t pre-arranged a funeral for your loved one, you will have to spend some time doing this. Funerals can be expensive and during this time of grieving the last thing most people want to do is haggle about the price. It can be a wise move to bring a friend or family member to the funeral home when discussing the final arrangements. This way you can learn about the services provided by the funeral home and then take a break to discuss the pros and cons of each level of service.

If you don’t know where your loved one kept his or her will, then you will need to find it. The will is obviously a very important first step in settling one’s affairs since it contains the wishes of the deceased and


Investment accounts

Brendan Donahue BCOMM, FMA, CIM

Senior Investment Advisor Insurance Agent 250-342-2112

Stocks, Bonds, GIC’s, Income Trusts, Preferred Shares, EFT’s, Mutual Funds and more.


RRSP’s, RRIF’s, TFSA’s, LIRA’s, RESP’s Corporate Accounts Cash Accounts

Services Sara Worley Investment Advisor Insurance Agent 250-342-6441

Estate Planning Financial Planning Insurance Planning Retirement Planning

Don’t rush into anything

A final reminder for those looking after the affairs of a deceased loved one is to take your time and don’t rush. There are very few deadlines in the first few months after one has passed away and this allows time to ensure that all details are covered, so time is usually not of the essence. A quick call to professionals who deal with estates such as an accountant, lawyer or financial advisor will often be a big help.

Strength, Resources, Reputation & Independence Investments, Insurance & Financial Planning

Offering the valley more than just mutual funds. Investments

If anything is going to get lost, it will tend to be the insurance policies. Unless a loved one keeps all of their important records in one place then insurance policies must be found in order to know they exist. Unlike bank accounts or RRSP accounts which often send out monthly quarterly statements, some insurance policies only send out annual renewal statements and can leave less of a paper trail. If you are looking after the final affairs of a lost loved one, then a quick phone call to any local insurance advisors may help insure there are no unaccounted for policies.


19 GIC Companies 15 Insurance Companies 100 Mutual Fund Companies


TD Newcrest Credit Suisse First Boston First Energy Capital Corp. MFC Global Investment Management This material is not to be construed as an offer or solicitation. The securities mentioned may not necessarily be considered suitable investments for all clients. Contact your Investment Advisor to discuss your individual investment needs.

GIC Rates* as of October 9th

cashable 90 day 1 year 2 year 3 year 4 year 5 year

1.00% 0.70% 1.50% 2.05% 2.55% 3.00% 3.30%

*Rates subject to change without notice.

Corporate Bonds Issuer GE Canada Manulife Series D Royal Bank Series Y

Term Sept. 28, 2012 Nov. 20, 2013 Jun. 30, 2019

Yield* 3.10% 3.44% 5.72%

*Yield factors in the current share price, call date and set quarterly dividends. Rates are subject to change without notice. Can be sold prior to maturity.

Income Trusts Issuer A&W Income Fund Davis & Henderson Arc Energy Trust

Yield* 9.04% 12.92% 5.64%

** Estimated NET yield as of March 10, 2009, based on minimum commissions. Subject to change without notice and subject to availability. Actual yield obtained may differ.

Insurance products and services are offered through Manulife Securities Insurance Agency (a licensed life insurance agency and affiliate of Manulife Securities) by Manulife Securities Advisors licensed as life agents. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company is the sole issuer of the Manulife GIF Select insurance contract which offers the IncomePlus benefit and the guarantor of any guarantee provision therein. Manulife Securities Incorporated is a member CIPF.

Call us for local, friendly, professional free consultations! • Ph: 250-342-2112 • Fax: 250-342-2113 • 712-10th Street, Invermere

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Demand for rental properties shows people still want to stay in our lovely valley with initial occupancies, has a waiting list of renters spanning into 2010. “The rental program at The Residences is ideal for As we’ve survived the predicted worst part of the two reasons,” says President Tim Tourond, “number economic downturn, the second home market has one, it provides a stream of income for those who own taken one of the largest hits, yet the demand has not a whole or fraction of a unit; and secondly, it provides slowed – it has been hiding behind the curtains of a stepping stone in making the move to purchase. We property rental programs. are finding that the traffic hasn’t slowed down, but Proof of this demand is evident in one of the re- people are more likely to try living in a unit before gion’s most popular vacataking the leap into owntion spots – the Columing it.” “We are finding that the traffic hasn’t slowed bia Valley. According to Sean down, but people are more likely to try living in a Property rentals in Bigler, a financial planner 2009 have been “strong, unit before taking the leap into owning it.” with RBC Wealth Manmaybe even stronger agement in Calgary: “It is than 2008,” reports —Tim Tourond always important to get Bjorn Billehaug, Sales the right advice around and Marketing Manager making these decisions. at High Country Properties, a property management When investing in a property, you want to understand company based in Invermere. the multiple aspects of your decision, such as options The average three-bedroom single-family home to generate cash flow through rental programs in order with High Country Properties rents out for about to offset your carrying costs.” $245 per night in high season and $145 per night in The Residences at Fairmont Ridge are the largvalue season. est, most contemporary townhome units in the valley. “Although the economy has slowed, people still The smallest unit at 1,378 square feet will rent out want and need a vacation experience, yet value flex- for about $359 per night in high season. One-eighth ibility more than ever,” says Mr. Billehaug. deeded fractions begin at $73,000. Some developers, such as Marble Canyon DevelMr. Tourond notes: “The deeded fractional has opments in Fairmont Hot Springs, have responded to been wildly popular, attracting a new demographic this change in buyer mentality by offering creative va- wanting to get into the second home market but have cation options. traditionally been priced out. The rental program that The Residences at Fairmont Ridge, the newest we offer only adds value, as vacation rental has always project under construction by Marble Canyon, offers remained strong in the valley. the option to purchase a one-eighth or one-quarter “What we’re finding with all of our users is that fraction, a wholly-owned unit or simply rent through most carry a family tradition of visiting the area and the company’s property management arm, Fairmont that tradition, along with the need for a vacation propCreek Property Rentals. The project is also part of the erty, will likely not disappear any time soon.” RCI exchange program, one of the world’s largest vaNow that the Calgary Real Estate Board is reportcation property rental operations, providing the flex- ing a rebound in the local home market, the vacation ibility and opportunity to experience other vacation property market will be next in line to pick up. The destinations through a single investment. demand has not dissolved, even through these rough Currently the project, which has just commenced times. Submitted by Sheenah Rogers Marble Canyon Developments

Need Blinds? Best Quality Call The Blind Guy!

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(250) 342 4406

Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association

Referees Needed Would you like to volunteer for your community and get paid for it? WVMHA has a shortage of referees for the 2009/2010 season. An ability to skate and Hockey sense are the only requirements. Please consider becoming certified on Sunday, October 18, 2009. Contact Wanda to register: 250-342-0042 or

Saturday, November 7th • Invermere Community Hall

Visit to checkout program details and rates or call Wil Comrie at 250-342-8904

For your FREE Consultation, call Financial Advisor

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Winter Freeze checks Maintenance Services Emergency Contact Services VRBO check-in services

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There’s a reason they’re called “CLASSY”. Pioneer Classifieds…


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Industrial ~ Commercial ~ Residential • Garage Doors • Passage Doors • Truck Doors • Sun Rooms • Patio Covers • Vinyl Decking • Aluminum Railings • Gutters • Siding • Soffit • Fascia • Window Capping • Renovations

Phone: 250-342-6700



1422 12A Avenue, Invermere B.C.


• Road Sweeping • Landscaping • Property Maintenance

Kari & John Mason

• Trucking • All Grading • Mini Track Hoe

250.270.0821 Invermere • Panorama

TM 315 - 41st Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 2N4 Phone: 403 230-3961 Fax: 403 230-3969 Toll Free: 1 800 663-3969

• FURNACES • HEAT PUMPS • AIR CONDITIONING • FIREPLACES • HOT TUBS • CHEMICALS • SERVICE & MAINTENANCE 385 Laurier Street, Invermere, BC Phone: PO Box 86, Athalmer, BC V0A 1A0 email: Fax:

Fine Homeservices


Sales • Repairs • Warranty Phone: 250-342-9207

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window fashions

Call Bill Cropper (250) 342 4406

(250) 342-7100 (250) 342-7103

ph/fax 250-347-2144

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BOX 2228 BOX 459 742 - 13th STREET 7553 MAIN STREET INVERMERE, BC. RADIUM HOT SPRINGS, BC V0A 1K0 V0A 1M0 PHONE: 342-3031 PHONE: 347-9350 FAX: 342-6945 FAX: 347-6350 Email: • Toll Free: 1-866-342-3031

Daren Noble

250.341.5886 250.349.5882

Site Clean-up Landscaping • Hauling • Sand • Fill • Gravel

Serving The Entire Valley

Specializing in ALL types of stone!

• Residential • Commercial • Jesse Vader – Ken Johnson Call:


Deep Connective Tissue/Fascia Bodywork Structural Balance

H E L L E R W O RK Jean-Luc Cortat

Certified Hellerwork Practitioner @ Renaissance Wellness Centre Box 185 / 505 – 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 • 250-342-2535

• Structural Timbers and Posts • KD Tongue & Groove (Pine, Cedar and Fir)

• KD Bevel & Channel Sidings • Radius Edge Cedar Decking 5/4 and 2” • Wide Plank F/L Flooring

Box 80 SKOOKUMCHUCK, BC V0B 2E0 PHONE (250) 422-9229 FAX (250 422-9227) Email:

TREE-MENDOUS Tree Specialists


Now’s the time to have your chimney and eavestroughs cleaned!

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Now taking NEW lawn maintenance contracts for Spring 2010.

Please call Steve Tristram for a free estimate • 250-342-1791




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HERE TO SERVE YOU 250.342.4426 Cell: 250.341.7227 Toll Free: 1.877.342.4426 Fax: 250.342.4427

next to Skookum Inn

1484 Hwy 93/95 Windermere, BC V0B 2L1 Q Q


Warbrick Towing & Salvage •

Pierre E. Trudel Bus 250-270-0363 Fax 250-347-6948

Call Judy: (250) 341-1903


Septic Systems Installed ~ Pumped ~ Repaired Prefab Cement Tanks Installed Water Lines Dug Installed Basements Dug

WINDERMERE 342-6805 4798 Selkirk Ave. Box 108 Edgewater BC V0A 1E0

Commercial – Residential Installation – Maintenance – Repairs

Darren Ross 4890 Stoddart Creek RR#2 Invermere, BC V0A 1K2

Cell: 250-341-7727 • Fax: 250-347-6363 •

#106, 901 7th Ave. Parkside Place Downtown Invermere V0A 1K0

Phone : 250 342-6347 Mobile : 250 688-0364

Available Monday–Wednesday at Mei Mei’s Asian Market. Make an Appointment Today, let your worries melt away!

#117 Industrial Rd. #2, Invermere, BC Ph: 250-342-9926 • Fax 250-341-3956 e-mail:

Your search for quality and dependability ends with us. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Specialists Truck Mounted System • Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Dean Hubman

Certified Technician


RR3, 4874 Ridge Cres. Invermere, BC V0A 1K3

Commercial and Hospitality IT

Relaxing - Comfortable - Therapeutic

Registered Shiatsu Therapist Over 12 years of experience

• Structural Steel • Welding • Fabricating & Machining • Custom railings and ornamental iron


Shiatsu & Acupressure Farron Chandler

Quality Hand-crafted Steel

LIFE’S BRIGHTER under the sun.

Computer Consulting, Service and Support 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

250-342-6008 @ With four service Technicians and two support staff we have the resources to solve your computer problems.

Computer Networks Remote Backup Services Custom Programming

Data Protection Computer Repair IT Consulting

3D Modeling and Virtual Rendering Home Automation and Green Technology Computer Sales and Support

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HERE TO SERVE YOU don’t shin ur lightscall e‌ o y f i Electric Furnace Service & Repair



INVERMERE GLASS LTD. •Shower Doors•Mirrors

Don’t wait till it’s -40!


Telephone: 250-342-3659

• Industrial • Commercial • Residential Service & Installations

(250) 341-6929

Cont. #94968

“Serving the Columbia Valley since 1986�

Jeff Watson

Serving the Valley since 1995• #3, 109 Industrial Road #2, Invermere

Cranbrook Pest Control

Decks, Finishing, Hardwood Floors and Accentuating Timber Projects

Farnham Construction Enhancing your mountain setting is our specialty.

(250) 347-7746 Box 33 Edgewater BC V0E 1A0 NEW


• Trusses • Engineered Floors • Wall Panels Tel: 250.341.6075 Fax: 250.341.3427 Email:

1320 Industrial Road #3 Box 159, Invermere, B.C. V0A 1K0

Sewer/Drain Cleaning

Septic Tank Pumping Portable Toilet Rentals • Complete sewer/drain repair • Reasonable rates - Seniors’ discount • Speedy service - 7 days a week • A well-maintained septic system should be pumped every 3-5 years • Avoid costly repairs

Bruce Dehart 347-9803 or 342-5357

Complete Automotive Repairs






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DCS Plumbing & Heating • • • •

Doors Windows Flooring Painting/ Interior/Exterior • Kitchen Renovations

• Plumbing, Repair and Installation • Drain Lines • Hot Water Tanks 24 hour emergency service

250-341-8501 Senior Discount


• Bathroom Renovations • Additions • Decks • Finish Carpentry • Basement Renovations



VJ (Butch) Bishop


4846 Holland Creek Ridge Rd. Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

J. Douglas Kipp, B. Sc. (Pharm.) Laura Kipp, Pharm D. Your Compounding Pharmacy Come in and browse our giftware

Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm 1301 - 7th Avenue, Invermere



Scott Postlethwaite

CVCC Contractor// Trade Builder of the Year 2008

Residential, Commercial Electric Furnace and Hot Water Tank Repair and Service For All Your Electrical Needs

1710 10 Avenue – Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 th

• Excavators • Mini-Excavators • Bobcats • Dump Trucks • Water Trucks • Compaction Equipment • Snow Plow • Sanding Equipment • Crane Truck • Mobile pressure Washing & Steam Cleaning • Underground Services • Site Prep & Demolition • Road Building • Land Clearing • Controlled Burning • Rock Walls • Rip Rap • Top Soil • Sand & Gravel


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HERE TO SERVE YOU RADIUM HOT SPRINGS ESSO Automotive Repairs 7 days a week



Freight & Passenger Depot

7507 Main St. West, Radium Hot Springs

(250) 347-9726


(250) 341-6888

250-342-5047 1-888-357-4449

Dunlop Contracting Bruce Dunlop Phone 250-688-0946


Serving The Valley for over 15 Years

Window Cleaning FULLY INSURED


Jim Detta • Canal Flats, BC • Ph: 250-349-7546

• Drinking Water Systems • Duct Cleaning Service • Water Softeners • Whole House or Specialised Filtration including iron lters that really work!

Call (250) 342-5089 385 Laurier Street Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

READY MIX CONCRETE Al Tallman Complete your renos NOW before the Tax Credit runs out in February. Call for estimates. From Framing to Finishing – We do it all!

Concrete Pump • Sand & Gravel Heavy Equipment Rentals • Crane Service Proudly Serving the Valley for over 50 years

For competitive prices and prompt service call:

342-3268 (plant) 342-6767 (office)

SERVING SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE COLUMBIA VALLEY Call 341-6299 to discuss your advertising needs. N E W S PA P E R • E-mail:

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Pioneer Classifieds

• • • •



Alcoholics Anonymous. Open to all. Regular meetings of the Columbia Valley A.A. are held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at the Valley Connection, far end of the Service B.C. building, 625-4th Street, Invermere. The Radium Friendship Group meets at 8 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church, east side of main street, Radium. Columbia Valley Rockies looking for billet homes to place young hockey players. Please call Travis, 250-341-5801. Homes get $450/month for each player and a young role model.


HAVE YOU HEARD? Ladies Consignment Sale This Weekend OCT. 16 Sneek Peak Ladies Night 5-9pm Entry Fee $5 or bring a friend - 2 for 1 OCT. 17 10am-6pm Lion’s Hall at Crossroads (651 Hwy 93/95) COME SHOPPING!! OVER 700 ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM INCLUDING: Business and formal attire, stylish winter coats, travel wear, plus sizes, and much more!



Kirsten “Lette” Thomsen April 20, 1928 - October 8, 2009

There is no wife more loving, no mother and grandmother more giving, or a friend truer of heart and spirit. With the deepest of sadness, we announce the passing of Kirsten “Lette” Thomsen.





Annual Arts and Crafts Fair at David Thompson Secondary School, Friday, December 11th , 4-8pm and Saturday, December 12th , 10am-3pm. To book a table, call 250-342-9213 ext. 110.


The Sunset Motel is offering discounted daily, weekly or monthly rates. Contact Darren or Heidi, 250-347-0021.

1 bdrm main level suite, bright, spacious & clean, D/W, W/D, N/S, $800/month utilities included, 250-342-3790.


thank you

STORAGE SPACE – assorted sizes, easy access, immediate availability, long-term or short-term. Deck Properties Warehouse, Industrial Park, 250-342-3166.

2 bdrm basement suite, private entrance, N/P, N/S, quiet person, $900/month includes utilities, available immediately, 250342-1617.

CARRIAGE COURT APARTMENTS, Conveniently located behind Sobey’s within walking distance to downtown. 2 bdrm townhouse units, outside entrance. Sliding glass doors open onto balcony, overlooking private courtyard. Fireplace and W/D included in each unit. Long term preferred, N/P, $750 - $850/month + DD. Utilities not included. Available immediately, 250-342-8781.

Columere Park, bright, 1 bdrm furnished upstairs suite. Private beach, quiet, $700/month, 250345-6524.

Jim Broadfoot and his family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Invermere and District Hospital for their excellent care and help. This did not go unnoticed!

cheers and jeers Cheers to Nick Pasowisty of Edgewater. He’s a wonderful person; he mows the Edgewater Community Park, helps out at the Edgewater skating rink and mows numerous lawns around town that belong to seniors. He seems to find the time to do it all in between his full time job and his side job of selling Taber corn and other delicious consumables from the Hutterites. Do you ever sleep?!

In 1951 Lette traveled from Randers, Denmark to Alberta to marry her true love and soul mate, Kurt Thomsen. Together they raised five incredibly talented and diverse children.

Cheers to Meredith, Michael, Cody and Carl for your help way back in August. Thanks!

Kurt and Lette’s lifelong hobbies, interests and passions drew them to the Windermere Valley where they took up full time residence in 1978.

Cheers to the lady who sent us a donation of $100 because she loves The Pioneer and thinks we should be charging for it!

Lette passed away peacefully on October 8th, 2009 with her husband Kurt and their five children Ann, Glenn, Kim, June and Lone at her side. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all the staff and caregivers at Columbia House and Invermere and District Hospital. We welcome friends and family to join us in the celebration of Lette’s life at the Windermere Community Hall on Saturday, October 17th at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, we ask that contributions be made to the Windermere Hospital Auxiliary to help fund causes close to Lette’s heart.

Phone: 250-341-6299 Fax: 250-341-6229 Email:

Cheers to the Nohel’s Group and the District of Invermere employees! Pothole Park looks beautiful! Cheers to the sanitation engineer who spent fifteen minutes of his time picking up our trash after the local wildlife had distributed it all over the yard.

Various sizes available. Now with climate controlled units. Call 250-342-3637

You own it, we can store it! Secure, fenced compounds any size up to one acre. Secure containers available. Would also build building to suit for long term tenant. Zoned heavy industrial. Invermere Industrial Park. Phone 250-342-5297, 250346-3011 or 250-342-2100.

COMMERCIAL SPACE Financial professional looking for other professionals to share space with. I have a great location with excess room. Please call 250-270-0270. Panache Building, Invermere, B.C. Beautiful building near public beach and walking distance to hundreds of condos in Canada’s most perfect fourseason town! 2400 feet on main, with two 1200-foot world-class apartments up. Perfect location for restaurant or retail. For info, call 250-342-5525. Office/Retail space for lease on 8th Ave. Three 600 sq.ft. units, large store front windows, on street parking, 1 year lease, 250-342-6912, Mountain Creek Properties. 1350 sq.ft. store front property, 7549 Main Street West, Radium, 250-342-6633.

One or two bdrm bungalows, by the week or month! Call 250345-6365, Fairmont Bungalows.

Hillcrest furnished apartments, utilities included. 1 bdrm units$700/month, 2 bdrm units$900/month, 250-341-1182. Invermere, 2 bdrm, lower suite, W/D, stove, fridge, N/S, N/P, adults only. $850/month includes hydro and heat. Avail Aug 15th , ref. req. 250-3426349 or 250-342-3418. INVERMERE, 2 bdrm basement suite. Separate entry, shared W/ D, close to downtown/beaches/ grocery, N/S, $660/month + utilities, available now. Call Grant, 403-493-1245

WALK TO DOWNTOWN & KINSMEN BEACH 3 bdrm main floor of a house, separate entrance, 5 appliances, deck, view, shed, yard, N/S, N/P, no partiers, references/deposit required. Rent negotiable, water/hydro/heat included. Available December 1st , 250342-7590.

Just a reminder… The classified deadline is 12 noon Tuesday.

Bachelor studio in Athalmer, fully furnished, W/D, cable, utilities included, N/S, N/P, must be employed with references, 250-342-0355. Invermere, 2 bdrm fully furnished ground floor apartment, all utilities, cable and laundry facilities included, $900/month + DD, N/S, references required, long term preferred, only 1 ½ blocks from DT Invermere, available immediately, 250342-9712. 1 bdrm walk-out suite, very clean, fully furnished, close to DT. W/D, N/S, N/P. $600/month including utilities. Available November 1st . 250-342-3790. Two 2 bdrm apartments for rent in Invermere. N/P, N/S, references required, available immediately, $775/month + DD, 250-342-6912, Mountain Creek Properties. Bright 1 bdrm basement suite in Invermere, great location, laundry available, separate entrance, N/S, N/P, $650/month including utilities, available November 1st , 250-342-5785. 2 bdrm and 3 bdrm apartments in Edgewater. Heat and appliances included, $600/ month, 250-342-2898.

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Pioneer Classifieds

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Phone: 250-341-6299 Fax: 250-341-6229 Email:


house FOR RENT

house FOR RENT

house FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

condo FOR RENT

Fully furnished newly renovated bachelor suite, 2 blocks from downtown Invermere, D/W, W/D, cable and hydro included, no pets, $700/month, 250-6880244.

Radium duplex, 2 or 4 bdrm, all appliances included, N/S, N/P, new building. Call 403-2576253 or email


For sale/rent!- 3 bdrm trailer, newly renovated, propane furnace, electric stove, $550/ month + utilities, $275 DD, references required, N/P, prefer non-substance abusers, elderly couple, single or very small family, situated on Setetkwa Golf Course, 250-347-9401 or 250-342-5275

Lake front, Invermere, new condo, main floor, 2 bdrm + den, 2 bath, furnished, N/P, N/S, 6 appliances, rec centre, underground parking stall, $1250/month + DD + utilities, 403-861-0544 or srowell@telus. net.

2 BDRM FURNISHED CONDO, Black Forest Village. Rent weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, 1.5 baths, garage, patio, 6 appliances. $1000/month, 250 342-1475.

Fairmont, large 2 bdrm basement suite, wood fireplace, W/D, storage, available immediately, $800/month includes utilities, 250-212-9898 or 250-3456226. Walk-out basement suite, 3 bdrms, avail Nov 1st , kitchen, partly furnished, utilities and cable included, N/S, N/P, $850/ month, $450 DD, Fort Point, easy walk to town, 250-342-6752. 2 suites for rent, Black Forest Heights, Invermere. 2 bdrm, 2 bath upper suite, 2 decks, large yard, $1000/month, utilities included, N/S, N/P, available October 1st ; 2 bdrm lower walkout, very bright and roomy, $875/month, utilities included, N/S, N/P, available immediately. Call 250-342-9770. 1 bdrm, walk-out basement suite, $750/month includes utilities cable, private entrance, W/D, available immediately, 250-342-0035.

house FOR RENT

FOR RENT Contact

250-342-5914 for seasonal or long term rentals or go online at “Available Now” Rockies West Realty Independently Owned & Operated

Westridge, 3 bdrm home for rent as of November 1st , $1500/ month including utilities, partly furnished-negotiable, W/D, sorry no pets, close to schools, great neighborhood, 250-3422688.

Duplex, 1100 sq.ft. 5 appliances, 2 bdrm, storage shed, utilities included. $900/month, 250347-9629. Timber Ridge Phase III, 1400 sq.ft. bungalow, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, $1150 + utilities + DD, private beach, tennis courts, ½ acre lot, 403-685-3134 or 403-6153134. Radium, available immediately, 3 bdrm house, lots of living space, wood stove, N/S, pets negotiable, $900/month + utilities, 250-342-3841. WILMER, cozy 2 bdrm log home, 2 fireplaces, wrap-around deck, 1 ½ baths, fenced yard, no dogs, no partiers, $1000/month + utilities, available November 1st , references required, 250-3429470. Beautiful newer A-frame home in Fairmont, 5 bdrm, walk-out basement, perfect for a large family, available Nov 1st , $1500/month + utilities, 403239-7037 or 403-836-9701 email 3 bdrm house in Invermere, bright, clean, N/S, N/P, close to schools, fridge, stove, W/D, D/ W, available immediately, 250342-1588. Very well maintained, meticulous, clean, 2 bdrm house. Fully furnished, close to DT, W/D, N/S, N/P, beautiful mountain view. Available November 1st, $1000/month + utilities, 250342-3790. Invermere, 3 bdrm house close to DT, N/P, N/S, no partiers, references, 250-342-6803.

Charming 4 bdrm, 2 bath home in Fort Point next to Kinsmen Beach, N/S, N/P, available November 1st , $1600/month + utilities, references and DD required, 403-246-6680.

Windermere Completely furnished, newly renovated, 5 bdrm bungalow. Seasonal rental until June 1st, adults. $1500/month, close to Windermere Elementary & 40 steps to beach, 403-281-9499 or 480-316-5121. Older home in Edgewater, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, 5 appliances, wood/propane heat, pets negotiable, references, $850/ month + utilities + DD, 250347-6453. Radium, spacious 2 bdrm, 2 bath, garage, W/D, pet friendly, N/S, $900/month + utilities + DD, 250-347-9970. Large 4 bdrm house, 2 bath, rec and laundry room, Invermere, minutes from schools and downtown, large yard, N/S, pets negotiable, Nov 1st , $1400/ month + utilities, references, 250-341-1650. Windermere, lovely 1 bdrm home, N/S, pets considered, great yard. $750/month. Available immediately, 403851-2043 or 403-619-1540.

condo FOR RENT FIRST MONTH FREE!!! PET FRIENDLY CONDO! 2 bdrm townhouse in Black Forest Village $1300/month. Call 250-342-0838. Invermere on the lake, new luxury fully furnished condo. 2 bdrm plus den, 2 baths, facing lake, underground parking. Available immediately. Monthly or long-term. Call 403-5610111. 3 bdrm condo in Pinewood, Radium. In-suite laundry, underground heated parking, $1300/month, utilities included. Available immediately, 403875-0214. 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage, N/P, N/S, available October 1st, $1350/month, 250-341-1182. 2 bdrm condo, D/T Invermere, furnished. N/S, N/P, available October 1st , $1000/month, utilities included, 250-341-1182

Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, fully furnished, plus extras, 2 car garage, big yard, close to schools, $1500/month + utilities. Rent negotiable for the right tenants, 250-270-0736.

Akiskinook Resort, 1 bdrm condo, fully furnished, indoor pool, hot tub. Long or short term, $750/month includes cable, 403-281-3991.

3 bdrm home in Windermere close to schools, $1050/month + utilities, pets negotiable. Call for info and showings, 250-3428662.

Invermere, furnished townhouse, attached garage, 3 bdrm, 2 ½ bath, 5 appliances, $1,250/month, N/S, N/P, 403703-0930.

Gorgeous 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den main floor condo in Sable Ridge Radium. View of valley, access to pool, hot tubs, clubhouse, underground parking, storage lockers, in suite laundry, N/S, N/P, call 250-342-0200. Aksikinook, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, furnished, N/P, N/S, rec centre, indoor pool/hot tub, 6 appliances, $1250/month + DD, utilities included, 403-861-0544 or Invermere, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, behind hospital, next to playground, newly renovated, clean, N/S, N/P, secure building, $850/month + DD, includes utilities but not electricity, 250342-7547. Newly renovated 2 bdrm fully furnished condo, 5 min drive from Invermere, D/W, W/D, cable, rec centre with internet and pool, no pets, $750/month, 250-688-0244. Radium, Stanley Street, 2 bdrm, 2 bath + den, insuite laundry, laminate flooring, fireplace, A/C, 2 underground parking stalls, N/ P, N/S, available November 1st, $1100/month + DD, utilities included, 403-472-8992. Luxury fully furnished condo at Heron Point, downtown Invermere, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, W/ D, D/W, cable, wireless, hydro included, hot tub and gym access, $1000/month, N/S, N/P, available Dec 1st -May 31st , 250-688-0244.

house FOR sale

PRICE REDUCTION! RANCH HOUSE Completely renovated house on 2.5 acres located outside of Windermere, in Elkhorn Country Estates, an exclusive private gated community, one of only 11 estates included in phase one. 4 bdrm, 2 bath, security system, working shutters, all services underground, furniture included, recently appraised, $449,000. Call Elkhorn Ranch at 250-342-0617 or 250-3421268.

Open House 1733 Windermere Loop Road Windermere Valley Golf Course Saturday and Sunday 11 am- 5 pm Contact Glenn Pomeroy 250-270-0666 Maxwell Realty Invermere.

$748,000, 2570 Sandstone Green, Invermere, new custom 3665 sq.ft. executive home on the largest lot in Castlerock Estates. Exceptional! Call 403-6864693.

condo FOR sale Brand new 1600 sq.ft. D/T Invermere, 3 bdrm, 2 bath + garage. Reduced to $299,900 + GST,, 250-341-1182.

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condo FOR sale

Misc. For Sale



Heron Point, Invermere. ¼ share available. Best unit in the complex. FULLY FURNISHED. Ground floor, walk out to yard. 2 min. walk from both beach and downtown. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, pool, hot tub, fitness room, storage. Great view of the lake and the beach, $137,000, 250688-2667.

Metal lathe with cabinet 110V, 3’ bed with all tools and cutters, drill press, roller tool cabinet with some tools, all for $850 OBO, 250-342-3132.

2006 Chev 2x4, white, 68,000 km, $15,500, 250-342-6372.


wanted Children’s swing set or climbing frame in good condition, call 250-342-9504.

Misc. For Sale Top quality Hay, Alfalfa, grass mix, round bales. Call Elkhorn Ranch, 250-342-0617. Quality Top Soil & Manure. Top Soil $160/dump truck load, $70/pick-up load. Manure $100/pick-up load. Call, 250342-1268. Support Rockies Hockey! Pine, fir, dry and split. To order call 250-342-6908. Firewood- Cut, split and delivered. Fir and pine mix. $150/½ cord, $275/full cord. Birch $275/½ cord, $400/full cord, 250-688-0143. Contractor equipment for sale. Ladders, all sizes, and scaffolding, etc. Call Stu, 250341-7229.

Winter tires on rims for Toyota Sienna, Toyo G-02 plus, 215/60 R16, $600, front and rear winter mats for same, $30, 250-3420355. Firewood, fir, split and ready to go, call 250-342-9480. Lincoln AC 225-5 electric welder, made in Canada, c/w rods and metal stand, $200, 250-3472415.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES Yamaha 350 Warrior Sport Quad, electric start, mint condition. Kawasaki 250 Mohave Sport Quad, mint condition, 250-3420350 or 403-701-3344.

BOAT FOR SALE 14ft fiberglass canoe, excellent shape with paddles and life jackets, $275 OBO, 250-3423132.

VEHICLE FOR SALE 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, fully equipped, 145,000 km, ready for off road with Warn winch for front & back, raised suspension & protective plates. Great condition, $5,500 OBO, 250-341-7155.

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MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE Developing land (Canmore, AB). Must go quickly. Ranging from $3K - $12K!

1997 red GMC Jimmy, V6 Vortex engine, leather seats, AC/PW/ PB, high kms but in excellent condition, original owner, $4000, 250-345-6635. 1993 Camaro Z28, 6 speed, V8, P/S, P/B, P/W, low mileage, good tires, nice clean car, priced to sell, 250-342-5151, Dave. 1998 Honda Civic Ex, great commuting or student car, 1.6L, 5 speed MT, cruise, pw, pm, 4 door, tires new last winter, timing belt replaced, Sony MP3/ CD player, 245,000 highway kms, very good condition, nonsmoker & no pets, no rust, $4000 firm, 250-342-6680 after 6 p.m.

BUSINESS FOR SALE Complete Roll-off waste business located in the Columbia Valley. For more info please email or fax 250342-2675.

services Phil’s Carpentry – Everything from roofs to decks, completion of basement and bathrooms. Phone 250-341-8033 (cell) – 24/7. Not on valley time.

Parts, repairs & accessories, All makes & models Central Vacuums – sales and installations Bonded & licensed Fine Homeservices 250-342-9207, Furnace & duct cleaning services using the patented rotobrush system. Call AQUAIR for free estimates, 250-342-5089. Water treatment & purification, includes drinking water systems, softeners & conditioners, iron filters. Call AQUAIR, 250-3425089 Custom installations of ceramic, mosaic, quarry tiles, slates, glassblocks, repairs, etc. For estimates, call 250-341-6869. Heaven’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. Dry in one hour! Call 250-688-0213.

DK Woodworks Kitchen refurbishing, furniture repair/refinishing, custom cabinets, mantles, bookcases, benches…etc. for all your woodworking needs, 250-6881335.

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careers Experienced Hungarian Cook required for seasonal work in Radium, BC, $15/hour, April to October room and board available. Call 250-347-9548 or email

Responsible for the daily operation of 2 busy alpine cafes. Duties include staff supervision, inventories, deliveries, planning après ski events and food and beverage preparation. Must be motivated, organized, have a great attitude and be a strong skier. Benefits include- $12/hr, outstanding views and a ski pass. Please send resumes to and we’ll contact you for an interview.


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Check out one of our upcoming sessions to get information on specific trades. Next information session: Thursday, November 12th, 1:30 p.m. Columbia Valley Employment Centre 1313 – 7th Avenue South, Invermere

Call Today! Roy Cimolai, Trades Assistance Program Ph: 250-421-9212 • E-mail: Funded in whole or part through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement

wanted: experienced real estate sales executive

· established Columbia Valley Resort Developer · $3.9 million in project sales thus far in 2009 · full benefits · flexible hours · completed show suite · units available for immediate occupancy email inquires only please,

For more details call Charlotte


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Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for year round F/T or P/T evening servers. Phone 250-347-0047 or mail@helnas. com

Helna’s Stube is accepting applications for permanent P/T evening kitchen help/ dishwasher. Please call 250-3470047 or email




Akiskinook Condo Resort in Windermere, BC is looking for a Property Manager who will be a “hands on” individual who carries out and coordinates all property and equipment maintenance activities and supervises on site staff. Water Systems experience: water treatment, sewage and irrigation would be an asset, but not required. Full details of the position and information on how to apply can be viewed in the job posting section at

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Rockies washed away by Lakers By Steve Mantyka Rockies Hockey The Columbia Valley Rockies were hoping to feast on the Penticton Lakers on Sunday, October 11th, but instead ended up coming to the table to find out there wasn’t enough left on the plate. The Rockies started a little tentative and the Lakers took advantage, Briar McNaney counting goals just over 30 seconds apart, and made the score 2-0 after just six minutes of play. The Lakers added one more in the period, taking a 3-0 lead into intermission. Shots were 14-10 in favour of Penticton. The bounces went their way, too, especially on the third goal. The Lakers held the Rockies in their own end a

number of times. The Rockies had their chances, too, but couldn’t beat Lakers goalie Kenny Quinn. The teams traded power play chances, but neither came up scoring. The second period saw the Rockies with a more aggressive style of attack and more puck movement. A nice burst of speed from Briar McNaney put the Rockies on the board. McNaney drove around a defenceman and tucked the puck upstairs. The Lakers restored the three-goal lead, making it 4-1, and the Rockies had to kill three successive penalties with the calls within a minute of each other. The Rockies newcomers were easily visible. The Rockies added a beauty of a goal from the stick of Sean Menton, playing his first game, ringing it upstairs off the left post to the right post and in the back of the net, with the assist to Darrell Boldon. Also playing his first game was Darcy Rail, a defenceman who is expected to bolster the team. Stephen Hynes played his second game and seems to be fitting in well. Geoff Wolfe went down to injury

and did not return in the match. Dane Milliken showed great hustle, but missed out on a chance to finish a great scoring play. James Bullock continues to show his speed and is starting to show improvement on the checking end. Zach Maclellan was a scratch, out with an upper-body injury. Andrew Walker showed some grit in his third game with Columbia Valley. Kevin Dunlop also sat out, recovering from the flu. The big forward and d-man Julian Fraser continued to impress the fans with his determination. Some stellar defensive actions prevented the Lakers from adding to their goal total. The Rockies showed improvements in both ends of the ice, holding the Lakers to 38 shots while firing 32 of their own. The second and third periods had the Rockies moving the puck well, and often-times pacing the play. The Rockies played Kimberley after press time, but on Friday, October 16th, they host the Creston Valley Thunder Cats at 7:30 p.m. See you at the rink!

Old Zone welcomes back Erwin Kloos By Harold Hazelaar Pioneer Columnist What is the big deal about OldTimers hockey? Every year, guys who have recently turned 35 eagerly apply to join the rest of us who currently play in the league. It’s almost as exciting as turning 16 years old and getting your first driver’s licence! OldTimers hockey provides an opportunity for guys to flex their competitive muscles, bond with the guys, get some exercise and generally do guy stuff for an evening. Many of us look forward to September’s arrival and the chance to lace ‘em up for an hour of great fun. It awakens memories of our youth, when we first began to believe in our natural talent and ability to play our great national pastime.

But here is the real essence of our OldTimers league: Last year, Erwin Kloos had to give up his place in our league due to health issues. Anyone who knows Erwin, or has watched him play, knows he is a pest if you are playing against him. He digs and grinds and is in your face, making you wish he was on a different line, bugging someone else. Anyway, he spent a year fighting for something far more important to him and his family . . . life. Now, over a year later, while continuing to battle cancer, Erwin has chosen to return to the game of his youth. He plays in the style we are accustomed to, and his determination on and off the ice demonstrates the strength of the human spirit. Our league is proud and lucky to have people like Erwin wanting to play in it, and I want Erwin and anyone else who has a zest for life to feel welcome to play here with us. Erwin Kloos can play on my team any time he wants to! Welcome back. October 7th results: Aquair beat Kicking Horse, Finish Line ate up Huckleberry’s, Warwick over Inside Edge, and a win for Lake Auto over Petro-Can.





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Valley Churches

In everything give thanks

Lake Windermere Alliance Church Sunday, October 18th, 10:30 a.m.: Worship and Life Instruction. “How to Shine! Father, Your Will Be Done.” Pastor Trevor ministering. Sunday School, for children ages 3 to 12, during the service. 7 p.m. Sing and Celebrate. Pastor Trevor Hagan • 326 -10th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-9535 •

thanks to God, about praying about everything and thanking God for all He has done, about being joyful and having God’s peace in our hearts. We don’t get this joy, this peace, by only setting aside one day a year to thank God. We must learn, just as we learn to read, to pray without ceasing. We must learn to give thanks no matter what we are going through, and we can’t do any of it without Jesus. Paul’s prayer for the church at Ephesus, and my prayer for you, is found in Ephesians 1:17-22 New Living Translation asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called – His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe in Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. “Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world, but also in the world to come. “God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is His body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself.” We have so much to be thankful for. In other words, thank you, Lord, that our faith is alive, that we know You better, that we see hope clearly, that we live in the power of resurrection, and that we acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord of all.

Windermere Valley Shared Ministry ANGLICAN-UNITED 8:30 a.m.: Communion Service, All Saints, Edgewater. 10:30 a.m.: Communion Service, Christ Church Trinity, Invermere. Join us afterwards for our baked potato lunch. Rev. Sandy Ferguson • 110 - 7th Avenue, Invermere 250-342-6644 • or

By Wayne Frater Radium Christian Fellowship Thanksgiving has come and gone, the garden has been harvested, the apples have been picked and put away, and last weekend we had special church services to thank God for the blessings He has poured into our lives. One of my favourite scripture verses about thanksgiving, and I have preached on it a number of times, is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 from the New King James Version: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Another favourite passage is Philippians 4:4-8 New Living Translation: “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. “Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” There is much said in the Bible about giving

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Valley Christian Assembly Sunday 10 a.m.: Worship and Word. Wednesday 7 p.m.: Adult Group Life First and third Thursday: Youth Home Group Pastor T. Scott Peterson 4814 Highway 93/95, Windermere 250-342-9511 • Roman Catholic Church Saturday: 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Canal Flats 7 p.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere Sunday: 9 a.m. at Canadian Martyrs Church in Invermere 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Radium Father Jim McHugh 712 -12th Ave., Invermere • 250-342-6167 ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN MISSION OF INVERMERE Worship services every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Christ Church Trinity, 110 - 7th Ave., Invermere Pastor Rev. Fraser Coltman • 1-866-426-7564 Radium Christian Fellowship 10 a.m. Worship service 7 p.m. Special Praise, Special Prayer and Especially the Love of God Pastor Wayne and Linda Frater • 250-342-6633 No. 4, 7553 Main St. Radium • 250-347-9937 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Worship Service, 10 a.m. • Sunday School, 11 a.m. • Relief Society, Noon. President Barry Pratt • Columbia Valley Branch 5014 Fairway, Fairmont Hot Springs • 250-341-5792

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The new Magic Carpet is easy to use, and makes learning to ski and snowboard fast and fun for the whole family. The friendly ski school instructors at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort will have you boarding or skiing in no time!

EARLY BIRD pass prices held over from 2008! Buy before November 15th to enjoy last year’s discount rates.








Senior (65+)

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$560 | $609 Adult | $469 Senior (65+) $439 | $469 Youth (13-17) $439 | $379 Child (6-12) $339 Family


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Enjoy unlimited hot pools entry until November 30, 2010.


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